The Absolute Best Places To Grab A Mouth-Watering Meal Near Cleveland, Ohio

The Absolute Best Places To Grab A Mouth-Watering Meal Near Cleveland, Ohio

Using my Instagram photos to show off the best food in Cleveland.

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I'm one of those people that you see taking pictures of their food. Restaurant food, takeout, food I attempt to cook. What do I do with all these random pictures of food? I upload them to my Instagram page.

Below you'll find my list and examples of the places with the best meal deals here in Cleveland.

1. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse’s Thursday Night Special — North Olmstead, OH

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In North Olmstead there sits a place called BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Before I found out about this restaurant, the only BJ's I knew was the Wholesale Club. My ex girlfriend found out about this place and grabbed me after work one Thursday night to partake in the Thursday Night Special they have.

Half a rack of pork ribs, two sides (I always pick fries for my two sides!), caesar salad, dessert, and unlimited fountain drinks — all for only $18.99 instead of the usual $25.99.

This restaurant is als unique in that it they make their own beer and pizzas. Service is always excellent, and they’re so upscale that they don't use napkins — they use tablecloths!

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is located at 25779 Brookpark Road, North Olmsted 44070.

2. Steak N Shake’s Weekend Brunch — Cleveland, OH

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Whenever a shopping trip to Walmart in Steelyard is planned, my best friend and I always stop at Steak N Shake to have a bite to eat first.

The service is pretty good, and depending on our server, we can get an extra buddy popping in at the table sporadically instead of our waiter/tress popping in.

Here you see my favorite meal, Frisco Melt, and fries, with bottomless fountain drinks for about less than $10. Depending on how hungry I am, sometimes I add chicken fingers and fries to that meal or a hot dog and fries to it and all together it will still come to less than $15.

Besides their REALLY good fries, Steak N Shake also mails out coupons that are good for two to three months to all households in the area. It's not unusual to see a lot of people clipping coupons at one time in the restaurant. Children eat free on weekends, so there's also always lots of families eating there all hours of the day.

The Steak N Shake I frequent is at 3294 Steelyard Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44109.

3. Red Robin’s Unique Burgers — North Olmstead, OH

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I first found out about Red Robin quite a few years ago through friends of acquaintances I have. Red Robin is famous for their freckled lemonades and their humongously stuffed burgers.

The Royal Red Robin Burger is good, but their Mac N Cheese Burger is the one I always go to. It comes with bottomless fries, and bottomless freckled lemonades. This place is a bit pricey though; burger and fry meals here start at $9. Sometimes you can luck out and get a burger and fry combo for $6.99.

The Red Robin I go to is at 4949 Great Northern Blvd, North Olmstead 44070.

4. Denny’s Homestyle Awesomeness — formerly in Lakewood, OH

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There are Denny's all around, but the one on W. 150th is not good at all. The service is severly lacking, flies are always in there, and they frequently messed up orders. A few years ago, that particular Denny's was a great spot to go to, and the food and service was excellent. Now that its not that way anymore, it was time to find a new Denny's to go to.

A Denny's opened right on W. 140th and Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. It seemed a strange spot to put a Denny's, but it thrived there. It was quaint and secluded which made it more of a diamond in the rough. Ugh — I'm REALLY sad its not there anymore!

Featured here is a picture of a particular feast I enjoyed there one morning: blueberry pancakes with strawberry, banana, and whipped cream toppings, a fruit bowl, scambled eggs, sausage, and some milk.

Its closed now but the Denny's I frequented was next door to the GetGo gas station on W.140th and Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107.

5. Red Lobster’s Continuous Seafood — North Olmstead, OH

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I'm sure everyone is familiar with the endless shrimp promotion that Red Lobster runs every fall. Endless shrimp meals, endless biscuits, a side, a salad, and bottomless soft drinks for $15.99.

I'm not a big seafood fan in general, but Red Lobster does make great popcorn shrimp and fried shrimp. I first tried shrimp alfredo at a Red Lobster some years ago and haven't stopped eating it since. Above you see my favorite combo to get during the endless shrimp promotion: shrimp alfredo, popcorn shrimp, fries, caesar salad, biscuits, and lemonade.

The Red Lobster I don't have a problem with is at 25615 Brookpark Road, North Olmsted, 44070.

6. Liquid Fresh Planet’s Uniquely Healthy Combos — Cleveland, OH 

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I don't go to Liquid Planet often because its a bit pricey, but the unique combinations of foods they make there is worth it.

The last time I was there I got grilled cheese on pita bread, celery sticks with peanut butter dip, and an oatmeal apple cinnamon smoothie. Yeah — their smoothies are a HUGE crowd pleaser.

Liquid Fresh Planet is located at 11002 Clifton Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44102.

7. Applebee’s Friendly Neighborhood Grill — Cleveland, OH

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A Saturday night isn't complete for me unless a trip to Applebee's is involved. The staff are always nice, there's hardly ever a wait, and the food is always excellent.

Pictured above is spinach artichoke dip, mozarella sticks, honey barbeque boneless wings, fries, and lemonade.

Applebee's is located at 3401 Steelyard Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44109.

8. T.G.I. Fridays Ends The Week Right — Brooklyn, OH

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I don't get why the food seems to taste better at T.G.I. Fridays on Friday nights but it just does! As the commercial says though, everyday feels like a Friday at T.G.I. Fridays.

I first started going to T.G.I. Fridays in high school because one of our friends and her brother worked there on the weekends.

I get the same meal at T.G.I. Fridays that I get at Applebee's, but T.G.I. Fridays makes these really good cheesy potato skins with bacon on top. The mozarella sticks they make are bigger and shaped like rectangles which makes them uniquely good to me.

T.G.I. Fridays is located at 10320 Cascade Crossing, Brooklyn, Ohio 44114.

So there's my list of the yummiest local foods on my Instagram account. If these places aren't on your list, maybe you should consider adding them. Local places offering good food at affordable prices are treasures everyone should look for.

Now rarely will I frequent establishments that are not chain restaurants, so that's why the majority of this list are places the masses are familiar with hearing about. I don't think negatively of popular restaurants the way a lot of other people tend to do. I find tasty affordable foods on the menu and roll with it!

In addition to other random or chain restaurants I go to, I travel to Columbus fairly often, so there's also food pictures from different spots there. To see all these pictures and more on my Instagram, follow me @Kimberly_Latrice.

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Only a true addict knows why there are 23 reasons.
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1. You have specific restaurants that have better Dr. Pepper than others

And you always seem to go there more than any other restaurant.

2. You've gone to fast food restaurants just to get a Dr. Pepper

And that guy at Whataburger is definitely starting to recognize you…

3. You have visited the Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco, Texas

This is practically a pilgrimage. And you bought the t-shirt

4. You've tried “Hot Dr. Pepper"

Don't know what I'm talking about? Dr. Pepper invented this recipe back in the '60s. Cold soda never sold well when it was cold outside, so they re-marketed the drink as a hot beverage to serve at Christmas parties. This trend has basically faded into soda history, but hey, it's worth a try.

5. You go through withdrawals, just like a coffee drinker

The caffeine headaches are real, people.

6. You automatically add $3 to your bill at restaurants.

You just can't say no…

7. You feel betrayed when your waiter brings you Mr. Pibb.

No. No, it's not the same thing.


8. You actually understand the people addicted to Diet Coke

It's an addiction. We get it.

9. You feel a close bond with the 104-year-old woman who claims that Dr. Pepper is the reason for her living so long.

“Two doctors have told me that if I drink it, I will die. But they died first."

10. It's healthier than diet drinks.

And alcohol.

11. You're starting to wonder what all you can do with cans

Your recycling bin is probably filled with the iconic red cans--Santa series, Superbowl, Wolverine, you name it

12. “I guess I'll just have water…"

Waiters have mocked me for the disappointed look on my face when they say they only have Mr. Pibb.

13. Their marketing slogan “10. 2. 4." basically describes your life.

Three cans a day isn't that bad…right?

14. You've tried other Dr. Pepper flavored things.

Does anyone else remember Dr. Pepper Chapstick?

15. Your perfect day HAS to include a Dr. Pepper in your hand

Like this:


16. You've probably tried to quit drinking it

But never prevailed.

17. Dr. Pepper imposters make you want to cry

“Dr. Better" …are you kidding me?

18. "I can drink three cans in one sitting because it is basically equivalent to one fountain drink so… it's okay."

Don't question my logic.

19. You've googled the 23 flavors in Dr. Pepper

If you're curious: cola, cherry, licorice, amaretto (almond, vanilla, blackberry, apricot, blackberry, caramel, pepper, anise, sarsaparilla, ginger, molasses, lemon, plum, orange, nutmeg, cardamon, all spice, coriander juniper, birch and prickly ash.

20. You've attempted to try all the different Dr. Pepper products

Cherry vanilla? Meh. Original is best.

21. You've almost tried out different Dr. Pepper recipes

There's everything from Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce to Dr. Pepper cupcakes (and tbh, those cupcakes are pretty amazing).

22. Your friends are actually surprised when they see you without a can in your hand

Or bottle. Or cup. Or glass. Or whatever else could hold Dr. Pepper.

23. You get why 23 reasons is funny

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If you're looking for a reason to pour a second cup, this is it.

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1. It boosts memory

Memory is a funny thing to think about. Our memories based off of school information or everyday life can be more difficult to recall based on the time of day. So, the 8 a.m. classes college students think they can take successfully turn south. They have a difficult time paying attention due to being tired. Specifically, drinking coffee would allow a student ot not only function better for early morning classes, but boost their memory during non-optimal times of the day for people.

2. Coffee beans have great antioxidant properties

Coffee Beans have antioxidant properties which reduce oxidative stress processes occurring within our cells and body that often cause mutations to occur, leading to the development of cancer. Light roasted coffee beans tend to have a higher concentration of antioxidants compared to dark roasted coffee bean levels. Having a boost of antioxidant levels in the human body is beneficial for many reasons.

3. It protects your body

The human body can be protected from certain diseases that affect the body from consuming a moderate amount of coffee. Neuromuscular Diseases, such as Parkinson disease were diminished in fellow coffee drinkers, as well as a decrease in cardiovascular disease occurring in those who drank a moderate amount of coffee. This is due to the antioxidant and phytochemicals found in coffee that decreases inflammation within the body.

4. It protects your mind

The human mind can be protected from certain diseases as well by consuming a moderate amount of coffee. One example is the decreased risk of Alzheimer's occurring in a person's lifetime. A study done a couple of years ago concluded that those who drank coffee on a daily basis compared to those who did not were found to be less likely to have Alzheimer's by 60%

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